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NORMAN MORRIS SINGLETON (published on August 08, 2009)



NORMAN MORRIS SINGLETON 1921 - 2009 Norman Morris Singleton passed peacefully on July 29, 2009 at Tuxedo Villa. Born January 28, 1921, Norm was the youngest of six children of Mary (Kropla) and William Henry Singleton. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Vivian (Pink/Hunt) in 1993. Survived by daughters Gail Singleton, Lynn Isaryk and June (Terry) Syko/Klassen, grandchildren Carrie (Gordon) Kulbisky, and Ethan, Joshua, Nathaniel; Kimberley Mueller; Terry (Michelle) Isaryk; April and September Syko, July (Nolan) Menefee, Aaron (Amy) Klassen, Amee and Adam Klassen; Marjorie Wilson; Toby Watkins; and many nieces and nephews. Norm left to work at various jobs after leaving school early. He joined the RCNVR in March 1942 and worked at the Department of Personnel Records in Ottawa, passing his Chief Petty Officer exam prior to discharge. Vivian was widowed shortly after the War began and joined the WREN contingent to Ottawa where she met Norm. Returning home, they married at St. Alban's Anglican Church February 5, 1946. Best friends, they had a loving marriage with much good fun. Living in Fort Rouge, they enjoyed wonderful neighbours. After the War, Norm completed school and apprenticed at Kobrinsky Clinic. He entered Pharmacy in 1947 at U of M, graduated in 1951, and was hired by Winnipeg Municipal Hospital where he opened the first hospital pharmacy in Manitoba. He and other workers spent arduous hours during Polio epidemics of 1952 and 1953. Norm's work consisted of procuring medications from all over North America to treat that disease, as it was an unknown threat in those years. He studied Hospital Organization and Management through Eastern Canada universities, and Hospital Accounting through Indiana University. In 1956, he became Administrative Assistant, Assistant in 1973 and Administrator in 1977. He retired early 1981, and he and Mom travelled, golfed at Winnipeg Canoe Club and Dad joined Reh-Fit. Attending Canadian Author's Association, he wrote short stories, and some were published. He loved reading and good music. Years at St. Alban's were treasured by him, and he attended until its closure April 15, 2007. A gentle man of good humour and simple tastes, Dad's greatest treasure was his family to whom he devoted his love and earthly resources. Proud of all of us, he was awed by the fact he had great-grandchildren, and repeated to anyone each new story about them. His encouragement was always: Keep em flying! He held dear his friends from navy and church years. More recently Norm enjoyed morning coffee and new friends at Grant Park and other coffee shops. Thanks must be given to our dear Colleen Clark, R.N. who attended Dad when he became ill at Christmas, Staffs at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospitals; Winnipeg Paramedics; and Nurses and Aides of Stn. 2, Tuxedo Villa - Bless you all. A celebration of Norm's life will be held Friday, August 14, 2009, 2:00 p.m. at Thomson-in-the-Park, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. with our friend The Rev. Donna Joy presiding. In lieu of flowers, please take someone to coffee and celebrate the day that the Lord has made. Dad would be delighted.


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